John W. McCarthy
July 22, 1931
March 6, 2017

John W. McCarthy of Big Bend passed away at Our House Senior Living in Whitewater on March 6, 2017, at the age of 85. He was born July 22, 1931, in Fredonia, to Thomas and Eva McCarthy.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth McCarthy, of 48 years; four children, Joseph (Tina) McCarthy, John (Briana) McCarthy, Marie (Mike) Crawford and Anne (Scott) Michels; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother James (Marilyn) McCarthy and Paul (Shirley) McCarthy. He is further survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, TJ and Eva McCarthy, and half brothers Bernard, Harold, Arthur, Willard, Gerald, William and Thomas.

John graduated from Milwaukee Boys Tech in 1951. He worked at Harnischfeger in Milwaukee for 37 years as a crane engineering estimator. John enjoyed his hobby farm in Big Bend along with the many tractors he collected over the years. He also enjoyed going to farm auctions and tractor shows. He was an avid deer hunter, car show enthusiast and loved road trips.

Visitation will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church, S89W22650 Milwaukee Ave., Big Bend, on Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Private family burial.

Max A. Sass & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Westwood Chapel-Muskego, is serving the family. For more information, call 262679-1560 or visit online at